Area sports: Rowan swim meet, high school basketball return – Reuters

According to staff reports

The Rowan County swim meet is scheduled to return Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Hurley YMCA.

COVID wiped the county meet from the calendar in 2021.

The Carson boys picked up a decisive victory in the 2020 encounter.

The Salisbury girls have won the last five county competitions.

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Rowan County High School basketball is expected to return to normal today after wintry weather halted games last week.

In the Central Carolina Conference, Salisbury is at home against West Davidson. North Rowan welcomes Thomasville.

The Salisbury boys have the county’s top two scorers with Juke Harris (23.8 ppg) and Cameron Stout (17.2). The Hornets (9-3, 4-0) have won seven in a row.

Like the boys, the Salisbury Girls (12-1, 4-0) haven’t played a game since January 15 action against North Rowan. Senior Rachel McCullough’s quest for 1,000 has been stuck at 982 for a while.

Kyla Bryant (15.3 ppg) leads the Hornet girls. McCullough has an average of 13.5.

The North Rowan girls (11-5, 5-1) have lost their last two, but should have no trouble moving up the win column against Thomasville. Bailee Goodlett (18.9 ppg) and Hannah Wilkerson (16.9) are two of the county’s top scorers. Wilkerson has 1,360 career points and passed Shemieka Brown for fourth in North’s record book in the Cavaliers’ last game.

For the North Boys (11-2, 4-2), who have already lost in Thomasville, it’s a must win to stay in the CCC race. Quashawn Carpenter (13.4 ppg) leads the Cavaliers.

In the Piedmont South Conference, scheduled games include South Rowan at West Rowan; East Rowan northwest of Cabarrus and Lake Norman Charter in Carson.

The Carson Girls (13-3, 6-1) lost to Northwest Cabarrus, while Northwest (9-1, 5-1) lost a championship game to West Rowan.

Lake Norman Charter (7-5, 4-2) is a pretty dangerous opponent. The Knights beat West Rowan and they’ve strengthened their roster since Carson easily won in the teams’ first meeting.

Seniors Mary Spry (17.0 ppg) and Hannah Isley (13.3) lead the Cougars. Camden Corley has scored in double figures three consecutive games and is one of the county’s most improved players.

The West Rowan girls beat South Rowan 70-50 in the teams first meeting. The Falcons (8-4, 3-2) are still in the SPC race and face a huge week — at Northwest Cabarrus on Friday and at home against Carson on Saturday. De’Mya Phifer (17.3 ppg) and Lauren Arnold (14.7) lead the Falcons.

Bethany Rymer (19.9 ppg) has been scoring for the Raiders and is averaging 24.5 per game since Christmas.

Rymer plans to sign soon with Columbia International for track and cross country. It’s the same school where his sister, Kira, plays volleyball. It is also the school where Wilkerson of North signed to play basketball.

The West boys have played just 10 games, the fewest of any county team. The South boys have played 15. The Falcons have only played twice since the Christmas tournament and haven’t played since being beaten by Central Cabarrus on January 7.

William Givens (15.8 ppg) has scored in his twenties in his last three games and leads the Falcons. West faces a tournament-like grind this week with games scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Tee Harris has been a bright spot for the East Rowan boys and is one of the county’s top scorers with 16.3 points per game. Rebounding stats aren’t available to everyone, but he’s likely the county leader on the boards.

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The Livingstone men’s basketball team won 90-72 over Johnson C. Smith in a game played Sunday at New Trent Gym.

The Blue Bears are on a roll with four straight wins. They are 5-2 in the CIAA and, more importantly, 3-0 in the South Division.

The division standings will determine the CIAA Tournament standings. The tournament is scheduled for the week of February 22-26 in Baltimore.

Livingstone’s non-conference game at Morris has been called off. The Blue Bears are scheduled to return to action in St. Augustine’s Thursday night.

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Livingstone’s women lost to JC Smith 67-57.

The Blue Bears fell to 0-3 in the South Division.

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The Catawba Women (15-2, 12-2 South Atlantic Conference) still create plenty of turnovers and rank 11th nationally in turnover margin.

Shemya Stanback and Lyrik Thorne rank first and third respectively in the SAC in steals. Stanback, who played at AL Brown, is in the national top 10 with 3.1 steals per game.

Catawba returns to action at home on Wednesday against Limestone.

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Former Salisbury star Bryanna Troutman is averaging 18.5 points on 52.1 percent shooting and pulling in 7.5 rebounds per game for Wingate.

Troutman scored 26 goals in 21 minutes in Saturday’s 74-58 win over Carson-Newman.

Troutman is fifth in the SAC in points and leads the league in points per minute.

Wingate (16-1, 14-0 SAC) dropped Francis Marion on Day 1 and hasn’t lost since.

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Catawba started his track season Saturday in Roanoke, Va.

The Indians had 25 finalists in the top five, including 15 men.

Brien Pittman was the only winner for Catawba. He won the 400m in 49.93 seconds.

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Catawba baseball is set to open the season Feb. 3-6 in Florida.

The Indians are scheduled to play an afternoon doubleheader against Shippensburg at Newman Park on February 12.
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Salisbury’s Jayden Gibson, who had an explosive senior season as a returner and defensive back, received an offer from Catawba’s football program.

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West lineman Josh Noble (who also plays basketball) received numerous football offers and announced on social media that he had narrowed his list of potential schools to Wofford, Campbell, Hampton and South Carolina. South Carolina’s offer is as a favored person, meaning he would be guaranteed a spot on the team and have a chance to win a scholarship.

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Guaranteed rate, a mortgage and a digital financial service, and Richard Childress Racing have announced a partnership with Tyler Reddick and his #8 Chevrolet for multiple races during the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series.

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Rowan Little League spring baseball, softball and T-ball registrations are held at Godley’s Garden Center on Statesville Boulevard on Saturdays, January 29 and February 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Parents can also register online at any time at rowanlittleleague.com.

Baseball cost is $90 for all leagues, leagues are T-ball (4-6 years old), Coach Pitch (6-8 years old), B (8-10 years old), A (10-12 years old) and JR/SR (ages 13-16).

Girls softball cost is $90 for all leagues: Leagues are T-ball (4-6 years old), Coach Pitch (6-8 years old), 10U (8-10 years old), 12U (10-12 years) and 14U/16U (13-16 years).

Contact Jeff Bernhardt at 704-267-1146 for more information.

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